Climate leaders in Canberra to lobby for Renewable Energy Storage Target to address escalating energy price crisis

21.11.22 By
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AUSTRALIAN climate leaders will gather in Canberra today to lobby the Albanese Government to fast track the introduction of a Renewable Energy Storage Target. 

The group has issued a joint statement, describing the REST as ‘the fastest way out of Australia’s current energy price crisis’.

The organisations are pushing for energy ministers to adopt a Renewable Energy Storage Target at the next Energy Ministers’ Meeting, due to take place in early December, as a matter of urgency.

A Renewable Energy Storage Target – which Australia does not currently have – would stabilise prices, lower emissions, and increase the amount of electricity available in the electricity market from renewable sources. It achieves this through a combined regulatory and market based model.

New data from the Climate Council has found a Renewable Energy Storage Target could unlock $42 billion dollars of private investment and create around 100,000 jobs in renewable energy. 

The groups say new wind and solar projects coming online at pace should be combined with a national Renewable Energy Storage Target to deliver reliable, secure energy for Australian homes and businesses. 

John Grimes, Chief Executive of the Smart Energy Council, said: “We can’t get to 82% renewables by 2030 unless we unleash renewable energy storage, and that means we need a Renewable Energy Storage Target.”

“We need everything from electric vehicles plugging into the grid, household battery systems to unlocking massive investment through the Renewable Energy Storage Acceleration Scheme.”

Amanda McKenzie, CEO of the Climate Council, said: “Moving to cheap, clean renewable energy will free Australians from the huge energy bill shocks they’ve been facing this year. At the same time, it will put us on track to make the deep cuts to emissions we need this decade to avoid more harmful climate change. Wind and solar power backed by batteries and pumped hydro is the recipe we need for cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy, so let’s get on with delivering it.”

Simon Corbell, CEO of the Clean Energy Investor Group, said:

“We know there are billions of dollars waiting to be unlocked that will deliver the clean

energy future. A Renewable Energy Storage Target provides exactly the right

signals to investors while also reducing costs to consumers”,

Heidi Lee Douglas, National Director of Solar Citizens, said: ”During this energy crisis, more than three million Australian households with solar panels on their roofs have been buffered from volatile gas and coal prices. Now, our state and federal governments must further harness our sun power and enable more people to take up solar with a Renewable Energy Storage Target that incentivises home or community batteries, including vehicle to grid technology. We can save everyday Australians hundreds if not thousands of dollars per year, stabilise our electricity grid, and save on transmission network upgrades by rolling out small scale battery storage.

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